“My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25,” Carol McCain, John McCain’s first wife told Britain‘s Mail on Sunday.
McCain met Carol in the 1950s when he was attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. At the time, Carol was a former swimsuit model and was married to another Annapolis cadet, Alasdair Swanson, with whom she had two children.
Having been part of a crew of Navy dudes who called themselves the “Bad Bunch,” McCain found Carol to be beautiful and thought that she was the perfect officer’s wife.
Asked Monday about the circumstances of his divorce from Carol, Alasdair Swanson would not confirm or deny speculation that McCain played a role in their breakup. “I have no comment,” Swanson told us.
Carol, now 70, also declined comment. But last week she acknowledged that McCain’s post-Vietnam cheating shattered their marriage.
McCain himself admitted he was unfaithful to her in his memoir, “Faith of My Fathers,” blaming the marriage’s collapse on “my own selfishness and immaturity. … I cannot escape blame by pointing a finger at the [stress of] war. The blame was entirely mine.”
Some of McCain’s critics point out McCain returned home in 1973 to find that Carol had been disfigured in a near-fatal car accident on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm was shattered.
Considering that he was the cheater, they find it ungracious that he filed for divorce from her, making himself the complainant. And, they note, a month after the divorce became final, he married Cindy, heiress to a brewery fortune.
Ted Sampley, who fought with the Army’s Special Forces in Vietnam and knows McCain, said, “When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her. … Eventually, he met Cindy, and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy.”